Visit to Gandhi's Ashram in Ahmedabad

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

This afternoon I had another peak experience as I visited Gandhi's Ashram in Ahmedabad.  Please click on the link that will take you to the photo album which I will let tell you the story of the Ashram.

On the grounds I came across Manav Sadhna - Service to Mankind and incredible program for youth.  My life is a little richer for being with these kids and spending time in their website - I invite you to experience them through their website.  This kids have performed over much of the United States and some of the pictures that you will see are of them rehearsing this show.

If you would like more information on the Ashram - you can go to this link.

Being at Gandhi's Ashram brought back memories of another peak experience in my life and that is of the four days that thirty of us had the privilege of spending with Arun Gandhi, (this link is a three minute video on one of the things he learned from his grandfather - well worth watching)  Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi at a Peace Retreat at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara, California.

Arun lived with his grandfather most of his teenage years and inspired us all with his "Stories of Grandfather."  Here is the one I remember most (paraphrased):

"One day my grandfather asked me to take him to town to attend a meeting and while he was in the meeting I was to take his car to the mechanic to be serviced and to return to pick him up at 5:00 PM.  I took the car to the mechanic who serviced it and had it ready at 4:00 PM.  I had noted that there was a great movie showing in town and I decided I would go see it - even though I knew I would be late picking up grandfather.  I picked grandfather up at 5:30 PM - telling him that the reason I was late was that the mechanic was late in working on the car - not knowing that grandfather had already talked to the mechanic on the phone and knew that the car had been ready at 4:00 PM.

Grandfather turned to me and said - Arun, I must walk home (a major distance).  I was shocked and when I asked grandfather why he was going to do that he replied - I must walk home so I will have time to think about what I have done wrong that my grandson would lie to me like this."

I hope that by clicking on these links and spending some time taking in the story and wisdom of Gandhi that you will have a glimpse of how I am feeling as I send you this blog.
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